Thursday, September 14, 2017

John Kruk Come to Life

Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life sent me the following 1988 Topps Mini Leaders of Mr. John Kruk. In exchange, I was able to unload some cards on him for which I am quite grateful.

I remember being obsessed with the mini leader cards that Topps put out, particularly in 1987 and 1988. I love the 1988 design; it matched that years "Team Leaders" card but was totally different in design from the base cards. Whereas the 1987 set had the double wood-grain & white border frame. I just really liked the ghostly fogging (particularly on the 1987 Team Leaders, regular sized cards. It's interesting to see how the 1987 design was full scale in 1988 being sans linear/edged borders. I think 1989 by contrast was a let down as it was essentially the same design as the 1988. And then 1990 was back to a colored border and some white frame, too. Maybe this is why I stopped collecting around that time and it had nothing to do with getting older and a shifting of priorities?

Thanks Bo!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Tom 2017'd Me

P-Town Tom and I did a one for one trade recently. I sent him a 2017 Bunt Karl Schwarber (and it should be noted Tom was much more timely and on the (base)ball about posting his post); and the card I got back was this 2017 Bowman Darryl Strawberry. The first 2017 card of his that I've received. Sweet! It being a shiny refractory like card, the thing turned blue when I scanned it. Or, maybe I'm pregnant?

Tom: Thank you so much!!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bordering on Awesome

Not Another Baseball Card Blog owner Mike and I recently sent some cards back and forth over the border. In return, these two sweet mama-jammies (huh?) came back my way are are now resting in my Strawberry box.

The first card here is the 1990 Bowman. Looks like a classic spring training shot on the front. I've probably said this before a million times but the breakdown of performance by opponent is sweet. They could do this then, before interleague play messed everything up.

The second card was the 2015 Eclipsing History, likely printed at a time when David Wright was still promising. But you have to think due to the injuries he's better off being done? The timing of this card, arriving the Friday or so before the big 21 August eclipse was pretty awesome. I didn't see the spectacle in the sky and I don't need special glasses to look at this card.

As usual: Thanks a million, Mike!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

An Off the Wall Trade: Red Sox for Darryl Strawberry

I recently completed my first trade with Shane of Off the Wall. I met Shane via Twitter and was happy to have a new trade partners and to pass on some Red Sox cards that I didn't need/want.

In return, I got a great lot of five Darryl Strawberry cards that make me quite happy to have.

The first here is a the 1985 Big Apple's Finest sketch of the Straw man. Had never seen this before other than on the Trading Card Database.

The second card is Strawberry's 1987 Action Superstars card number 63.  Looks like he's about to make some sweet contact with the ball. But clearly not a home run shot, the "launch angle" of the bat is all wrong. Probably a low line drive.

The 1990 Topps Sticker backs card is great; the front features Vince Coleman and Jim Abbott. Topps made boys (and men) collecting stickers a cool thing. Scratch-n-sniff was awesome too, as long as it wasn't the diesel or the skunk smelling ones. Remember these?

The 1991 Studio card shows a pensive Strawberry which is diametrically opposed to the Strawberry that he was becoming off the field. Still not keen on the Dodgers cap.

Last but not least, the 1993 Upper Deck "Team Stars" card with Eric Davis. Makes you wonder what might have been...

Thank you so much Shane!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Vocabulary Words and Off Hiatus Cards

The following four cards were sent to me from Tony L off Off Hiatus Baseball and Collecting the 1980s baseball card blogs fame. He was responding to an Agony Aunt article that I had published about needing more Darryl Strawberry cards. He took a break from listening to Afropop and Belarusian alternative music and found these bottom-fishing cards somehow, somewhere.

I can just picture Tony now, drinking chai and hogging the clicker from his wife, to watch Brewers games, to see a Thames direct deposit a dinger of a ditzy hanging curve (does he have trouble with the curve?) after his seeming decadelong stint out of MLB. Many would love to have been a fly-on-the-wall for Thames' time overseas. He's inked up and ripped, but from biofuel or zen I'm not sure. The next time up the pitcher may throw a kneecapping fastball at him if he showboated around the bases.

Suspicions about Thames' amazing April had a lot of people looking for the smoking gun. Using their touch screen digitizing tablet's, telecommuting geeks free from ever contracting STD's---eating string cheese, taking megavitamins because they never get outside and dreaming of ladies with tramp art wearing string bikinis, getting daily wake-up-calls from their supermoms---poured over each at bat, indexing strikes and balls and swings and fouls and hits as if on life support looking for the answers. They didn't find them but the pitchers sorted it out...

These are some works a thread of tweets last week that were added to the dictionary the year I was born. Tony of course dropped a tweet that this should be a blogger challenge... And you poor souls are the recipients. Hope I did alright.

Thanks Tony!

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Darryl Strawberry's 1987 Donruss Super DK

Got this Darryl Strawberry 1987 Donruss Super DK from Sportlots recently. Though, like a dummy, when I was opening the packet I clipped a corner off the big card. So sometime in the future I may look to acquire another one.

I'm not a massive fan of Diamond Kings in general; or, at least, this one is really awful of Strawberry's face (the post-swing batting image is much better). I am a fan though of the border. 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Topps Bunt and Stadium Club Up For Grabs


In July I bought a package of Topps Bunt and Topps Stadium Club so that I could scratch that itch of opening up some packs.

I've already traded several which will be clearly identified. Otherwise, the cards are available on a first request basis. And stuff. Word.

2017 Topps Bunt AL Teams:
Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox: base and blue parallel: TRADED
Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox, Infinite TRADED
Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox, blue parallel TRADED
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians: TRADED
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals TRADED
Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals TRADED
Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins TRADED
Jharel Cotton, Oakland A's TRADED
J. A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays: TRADED

2017 Topps Bunt NL Teams
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks TRADED
Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs TRADED
Jose Reyes, New York Mets TRADED
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates TRADED
Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Seung-Hwan Oh, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Manny Margot, San Diego Padres TRADED
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants: TRADED
Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants: TRADED

2017 Topps Stadium Club:
Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners TRADED
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers TRADED
Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox, Power Zone TRADED
Jose Peralta, Cincinnati Reds TRADED
Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles TRADED
Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians: TRADED
Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox, sepia parallel: TRADED
Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Andres Galarraga, Colorado Rockies TRADED
Denard Span, San Francisco Giants: TRADED
Willie McCovey: San Francisco Giants: TRADED

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